Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Mexico shades of gray

On those days when the New Mexico sky isn't crystal clear blue, my mood turns a little gray... 

 ...and so do my pictures.

I always shoot in color, but there are a million ways to turn an image into black and white in Photoshop.

Non-Photoshop nerds can skip this part.
My workflow on this set went like this:
1. From the Image menu, I selected Adjustments > Black and White > Preset = Red Filter
2. Then again from the Image menu, I selected Grayscale
3. Then again from the Image menu, I selected Duotone > Preset = Bl 404 WmGray 401 WmGray
4. Then again from the Image menu, I selected RGB. Saved it as a .jpg and done.

I could play around in Photoshop all day.

These animated .gifs are really easy to make in Photoshop. 
Here is a link to the tutorial I followed to learn the technique.
Remember those mouse-rollover photos I used to make? 
Turns out those don't work if you're viewing this blog on a smartphone and some tablets,
so out with the rollover and in with the animated .gif.


  1. i love that gif and i make mine at make a gif dot com... so much easier than PS... i love playing in PS and PicMonkey and Pizap and Photoshop online and several more. i like all of these...

  2. It's gray here today too.
    Crazy how donkeys can become donkey-no-ears in a flash---love that gif of Lucy-no-ears!

  3. I think that black and white photos are sometimes much nicer than color ones. They seem to pick up detail and set a different mood. I could spend all day in Photoshop too. Wish I was good at it but I don't understand a lot of it. Maybe someday I'll actually read instructions or take a class. I'll be looking at your link and trying it out.

  4. I just found this singing donkey on a UK blog....

  5. Wow. I'm impressed with animated Lucy. Black and white can be so beautiful. It's gray and frigid and...snowing!! Aaarrgh!

  6. I was wondering why all of a sudden I was able to see the Roll over pics......As I never could unless I used I.E. to view your blog. (I use CHROME most of the time because IE just, just sucks and does not play fair!). Anyway, Thanks for the GIFS!

  7. Wow ... that first shot of George is beautiful. Are you going to make a calendar with some of your shots again? I'd order some in a flash! ;)

  8. Very informative, thanks. Do you happen to know how to keep everything B/W except 1 thing in color? I see shots like this in pinterest but haven't dove into photoshop to look. Maybe a pic of JCC with his eyes green?

  9. Loving the black and white photoshop play.
    Thats a great shot of the cat ~ looks like a mountain lion !

  10. The donkey so loved his gentle master that he later followed him to Calvary. Grief-stricken by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but couldn’t leave. It was then that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and back of the donkey, and there it stayed. All donkeys have borne the sign of the cross on their backs since that very day.

  11. From Bray Farm 2011 Palm Sunday